“My experience with the history department at HLGU not only fostered my love of history, but provided me the foundation necessary to succeed in graduate school. My professors provided invaluable guidance and encouraged me to pursue my own future as a historian.”
Emily Henry, History ’16
The B.A. in History is designed to prepare students to understand the causes and consequences of important historical events as well as their significance. In addition, history majors learn to analyze primary source documents for meaning and importance in their historical contexts. History majors learn how to properly utilize historical research methods in a variety of assignments such as research papers, response papers, position papers, and book reviews. History majors have the opportunity to practice these skills in numerous courses and ultimately to incorporate them in the Senior Seminar course in which they write and present an original research paper in an annual history colloquium along with students from surrounding colleges and universities.
Although many view a history degree as limited to the teaching of history at the secondary or high school level, the history degree is much more flexible and adaptable than that. The department does provide the primary content area courses for secondary education social studies majors, but this is only one career path among many available. HLGU graduates in history have gone on to study law, medicine, and business, as well as traditional graduate studies in history. The have become librarians, chiropractors, business leaders, politicians and physical therapists. In other words, students are not limited vocationally by their choice of the history major, and in many ways, the skills they learn prepare them for a wide variety of career opportunities.
Integration of Faith and Learning
As is true of all classes at HLGU, professors seek to integrate their faith in the teaching of their disciplines, and this may be accomplished in a variety of ways. Certainly, this is true of the faculty in the department of history and political science. The study of history provides ample opportunities to discuss the ethical and moral implications of historical events, decisions, movements, and ideologies, always considering their historical contexts.
The faculty members in the department have been teaching at HLGU for a long period of time and have life experiences outside the classroom which enhance their ability to relate the study of history to the real world. In addition, faculty are desirous of student success and want to prepare them to achieve their most cherished goals upon graduation.
While the courses offered in the department to satisfy the general education requirements for degrees from Hannibal-LaGrange University are very broadly oriented, upper level courses are specific, in-depth treatments. These upper level courses are designed to encourage students to think deeply about history, to learn important skills such as the critical analysis of primary sources, the ability to articulate ideas and observations as an important element of class interaction and discussion, the writing and presentation of focused research projects, and the application of the skill of historical analysis to the present context.
HST 153 World History I
HST 163 World History II
HST 213 US History I
HST 223 US History II
GEO 103 World Geography
PLS 113 Introduction to Government
PLS 131 US and Missouri Constitutions
PLS 463 The American Presidency
HST 303 Introduction to Research Methods
HST 304 History & Hollywood
HST 305 The Middle Ages
HST 309 The Renaissance
HST 310 The Reformation Era
HST 383 Leaders of the Reformation Era
HST 413 US Civil War & Reconstruction
HST 443 The History of Slavery
HST 473 American Colonial History
HST 483 The Atlantic World ( 1492-1900)
HST 499 Senior Seminar